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Minutes April 26, 2011

MINUTES

 

MEETING OF THE GARRETT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

Oakland, Maryland  21550

 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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                        Part I – Call to Order

            Mr. Tom Carr, President, called the special monthly meeting of the Board of Education to order at 4:30 p.m.  Also in attendance were Mrs. Charlotte Sebold, Vice President; Mr. Rodney Durst, Dr. Donald Forrester, and Mrs. Cynthia Downton, associate members; and Dr. Wendell Teets, Superintendent of Schools.  The meeting was held at Southern Middle School.

            The Garrett County Board of Education is meeting on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at Southern Middle School to vote on the proposed closures of Bloomington and Kitzmiller Schools, instead of the rescheduled date of April 19, 2011 due to the County Commissioners budget hearings scheduled the week of the 18th, this change enabled the Board of Education to obtain additional information on local funding for the school system.

                        Part II - Executive Session

            Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester seconded by Mrs. Downton, the Board of Education unanimously agreed to move to executive session at 4:31 p.m. in accordance with Public Law 4-106 and Section 10-508 of the State Government Code for the purpose of discussing personnel matters affecting one or more individuals.  Board members discussed items that included resignations, professional leave forms, field trip permission requests, and non-renewal recommendations.

            Dr. Teets, Mrs. Sue Waggoner, Executive Director of Instruction; Mr. Keith Harvey, Director of Human Resources; and Mr. Larry McKenzie, Director of Finance; and Commissioner Gregan Crawford, ex-officio member, were present during all or part of the Executive Session.

Part III –Re-Opening of Public Session

The Board reconvened in public session at 6:01 p.m. Student Board member, Elizabeth Sines, joined the meeting at this time.  Dr. Forrester offered a prayer, after which Ms. Sines led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Part IV – Acceptance of Agenda

Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, seconded by Mrs. Downton, the Board of Education unanimously approved the agenda.

Part V – Public Comment

Stephanie Growden, George Scheffel, Beth Doerr, Marty Troublefield, Doug Lyons, Charles Paugh, and Tracy Royce made public comment in regards to the school closing recommendations and the ramifications of the budget on various programs offered by the school system. 

Part VI – School Closing Recommendation

Dr. Teets presented a Power Point presentation titled the Superintendent’s Summary with Forecasted State Aid.  Dr. Teets stated that we have to look beyond the current situation. He reviewed the public school enrollment percent change by jurisdiction for the period of 2009-2019, the elementary school cost statistics, the per pupil wealth, the FY13-FY17 state aid projections, and financial considerations.  He thanked the County Commissioners for the additional $700,000 which was given for the FY12 budget.   This brings the total of 1.7 million dollars which the County Commissioners have given over and above the FY11 budget.

Dr. Teets read his recommendation for the closing of Bloomington School stating that he has obtained input from the Advisory Group, public comment, and has completed a long term review of many factors.  He summarized the impact upon the nine factors in the Garrett County Board of Education Policy 940 which includes: (1) student enrollment trends; (2) age or condition of building; (3) transportation; (4) educational programs; (5) racial composition; (6) student relocations; (7) impact on the community; (8) other factors; and (9) financial conditions. 

He stated that the rationale for his recommendation is due to the continuous decline in the enrollment coupled with the dramatic loss of state funding commencing with the loss of the hold harmless provision in FY 2011 which had a significant impact upon our state funding this year.  Dr. Teets stated that decisions that support the greatest number of students and staff with a negative impact upon the least number of students and staff must be made.  The current and future projected deficient financial conditions are the reason the recommendation of closing Bloomington School is being made.

After completion of his recommendation, Dr. Teets thanked the Board of Education for all they do to serve the school system.

Dr. Forrester made a motion that the Board of Education of Garrett County adopt the Superintendent’s recommendation to close Bloomington School effective August 2011, prior to the start of the 2011-12 school year, with students relocated to Broad Ford Elementary School, that the Superintendent’s written report and recommendation be incorporated by reference into this motion as the Board of Education’s written decision to close Bloomington School, and that the Superintendent provide written notification of this Board’s decision to the affected community in the geographic attendance areas for Bloomington School and Broad Ford Elementary School as well as provide written notification of the right to appeal this decision to the Maryland State Board of Education within thirty days of this date.  Mr. Durst seconded the motion. 

Mrs. Downton stated it has not been an easy decision and voted in favor of the motion.  Dr. Forrester stated that the decision made is the one that will affect the least amount of students.  Mr. Durst added that this has been a hard decision for him as well.  Mrs. Sebold stated that this is a decision that must be made in order for us to move forward and the decision was not made when the Board walked in the building tonight.  Mrs. Sebold voted in favor of the motion.  Mr. Carr pointed out that there were enough votes at this point for the motion to pass.  He added that he has been an active listener and is extremely worried about all of our children and how to best prepare them for the future.  With Mr. Carr’s vote in favor of the motion, the Board of Education unanimously agreed (5-0) to accept the motion presented by Dr. Forrester and seconded by Mr. Durst in regards to closing Bloomington Elementary School effective August 2011.

Dr. Teets read his recommendation for the closing of Kitzmiller Elementary School stating that he has obtained input from the Advisory Group, public comment, and has completed a long term review of many factors.  He summarized the impact upon the nine factors in the Garrett County Board of Education Policy 940 which includes: (1) student enrollment trends; (2) age or condition of building; (3) transportation; (4) educational programs; (5) racial composition; (6) student relocations; (7) impact on the community; (8) other factors; and (9) financial conditions. 

 He stated that the rationale for his recommendation is due to the continuous decline in the enrollment coupled with the dramatic loss of state funding commencing with the loss of the hold harmless provision in FY 2011 which had a significant impact upon our state funding this year.  Dr. Teets stated that decisions that support the greatest number of students and staff with a negative impact upon the least number of students and staff must be made.  The current and future projected deficient financial conditions are the reason the recommendation of closing Kitzmiller Elementary School is being made.

Dr. Forrester made a motion that that the Board of Education of Garrett County adopt the Superintendent’s  recommendation to close Kitzmiller Elementary School effective August 2011, prior to the start of the 2011-12 school year, with the students relocated to Broad Ford Elementary School, that the Superintendent’s written report and recommendation be incorporated by reference into this motion as the Board of Education’s written decision to close Kitzmiller Elementary School, and that the Superintendent provide written notification of this Board’s decision to the affected community in the geographic attendance areas for Kitzmiller Elementary School and Yough Glades Elementary School as well as provide written notification of the right to appeal this decision to the Maryland State Board of Education within thirty days of this date.  With no second, the motion died.  Mr. Carr stated that the Kitzmiller Elementary School will remain open for the 2011/2012 school year.

                        Part VII – Personnel Recommendations

            Dr. Teets recommended approval of the following personnel matters:

·        Resignations:    Jackie C. Resh-Daniels, Teacher, GV, eff. 07/01/2011

·        Professional Leave Forms

2011 FIRST Robotics Competition Championship Event

April 27-30, 2011

St. Louis, MO

 

National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP)

July 16-21, 2011

San Francisco, CA

 

·        Non-Renewal Recommendations

 

            Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester and a second by Mrs. Downton, the Board of Education unanimously approved the superintendent’s recommendations.

                        Part VIII – Information Items

            The Board members received the following information:

o   2010-2011 Maryland School Guide

o   March 2011 Attendance Bulletin

o   Fall 2010 Southern Garrett High School Alumni News

o   May 2011 Home & School Connection

o   May 2011 HOPE Health Letter

o   Kitzmiller Elementary School 5th Grade Graduation Invitation

 

Part IX – Adjourn

            Upon a motion by Dr. Forrester, the Board adjourned the meeting at 7:00 p.m.

 

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Mr. Thomas A. Carr Wendell D. Teets
President Secretary/Treasurer
Approved:   May 10, 2011